What is Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system, interior plumbing, and electrical systems, the roof, attic and visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, and basement.
Why are Home Inspections Important?
The main purpose of a home inspection is to give you the information needed to make an informed decision on the purchase. A home inspection is an inexpensive way to discover the universal condition of a home.
A home inspection is an inexpensive way to discover the universal condition of a home. It is important to conduct a home inspection to avoid a costly mistake by purchasing a property in need of major repairs. A typical inspection starts at the roof and ends at the foundation, with stops in between at every major house system (plumbing, electrical, heating, septic, etc.). Most also include tests for radon gas and water safety.
In new home construction, inspections generally cover:
- Foundations: Checking before the concrete is poured (once poured, there’s very little that can be corrected).
- Pre-drywall: Checking the structure and mechanics before the drywall is laid.
- Full inspection: A full walk-through is performed of the completed home.